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Man abused 12-year-old girl

PUBLISHED: 10:30 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 05 July 2010

A Lowestoft man was caught sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl when her sister walked into the room, a court has heard.

Kyle Powley, 20, was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders' institution when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

A Lowestoft man was caught sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl when her sister walked into the room, a court has heard.

Kyle Powley, 20, was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders' institution when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

Powley, of Victoria Road, Lowestoft, had pleaded guilty to a charge of sexually assaulting a girl aged under 13 and Judge John Holt said it was clear the attack would have continued if he had not been interrupted.

The court heard how Powley had persuaded the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to go into her bedroom on October 6.

Prosecutor Rosalind Jones said that Powley had then put his hand inside the girl's underwear and indecently touched her. The girl had at no stage indicated her consent or been mutually attracted to Powley.

When the sister walked into the room, she found Powley standing over the girl with his face close to hers. Afterwards the girl told police that she had been hoping someone would find her to help end her ordeal.

Christopher Paxton, mitigating, said Powley accepted his guilt, had shown genuine remorse and pleaded guilty at an early opportunity to avoid the girl and members of her family having to go through a trial.

He added: “It was behaviour that was spontaneous, it was impulsive.”

In addition to sending him to a Young Offenders Institution, Judge Holt made Powley the subject of a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order and told him he must sign the Sexual Offences Register.

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